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PM Shehbaz Sharif, Tajik president sign MoUs to further deepen bilateral relations

PM Shehbaz Sharif, Tajik president sign MoUs to further deepen bilateral relations
July 2, 2024 Web Desk

DUSHANBE (92 News) – Prime Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif met the President of the Republic of Tajikistan Emomali Rahmon in Dushanbe on Wednesday.

The official welcoming ceremony was held at Qasr-e-Millat. Upon arrival at Qasr-e-Millat, the President of Tajikistan received the prime minister, and he was given a guard of honour. The welcome ceremony was followed by a tete-a-tete meeting and delegation level talks.

During the talks, the two leaders exchanged views on a wide range of issues of bilateral cooperation, as well as regional and international issues of mutual interest. The two leaders reaffirmed their commitment to deepen the existing fraternal ties between the two countries which are based on a shared history, culture, geographical contiguity and common faith.

On the bilateral front, the two leaders discussed the entire range of bilateral cooperation between Pakistan and Tajikistan, including trade and economy, investment, connectivity, culture, education, science and technology, defence, humanitarian assistance, parliamentary exchanges, and people-to-people contacts.

They expressed satisfaction on existing fraternal ties and reaffirmed to continue their joint efforts to further strengthen Pakistan-Tajikistan ties.

The two leaders signed the Strategic Partnership Agreement, which upgrades bilateral relations to the level of a long-term strategic partnership. They underlined that the upgradation in bilateral relations would open new vistas of opportunities to further expand multifaceted cooperation.

To further deepen and diversify bilateral relations, the two sides signed a number of Agreements/MoUs in the fields of aviation, diplomacy, education, sports, people-to-people linkages, industrial cooperation, tourism, etc.

The prime minister also apprised the President of Tajikistan about deteriorating situation of human rights in Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu & Kashmir (IIOJK) and attempts of the Indian government to change the demographic structure of IIOJK.

Both leaders also expressed their serious concern over the ongoing situation in Gaza where Israeli atrocities have resulted in the killing of thousands of innocent Palestinians, including women and children. The two leaders urged the international community to redouble efforts to end the violence and bring peace in the region. The prime minister is on a two-day official visit to Tajikistan on the invitation of the President of Tajikistan.

The visit of the prime minister has reinforced the continuation of regular bilateral engagements at the highest-level and marks a significant step towards elevating the longstanding and multifaceted relationship between the two brotherly countries, to the next-level.

Earlier upon arrival at Dushanbe International Airport, Qohir Rasulzoda, Prime Minister of Tajikistan warmly received the prime minister. In a gesture of respect and solidarity, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif laid a floral wreath at the Ismoili Somoni Statue, the national monument of Tajikistan.